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Whitchurch village clock

Hall Bookings

3 different venues.

For Hall Bookings – click here


Cleansing

If there are any issues regarding cleansing in Whitchurch Village, please contact B&NES Council Connect on
01225 394041
councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk.

This is the best way for B&NES to monitor areas which need clearing more often and will be acted on quickly.

Welcome to the Whitchurch Parish Council website.

Whitchurch village is a small parish of just over 500 properties and just over 1000 electors, located in Bath and North East Somerset, just south east of Bristol & west of Bath. Please use the map link to view the village location. There has been a Parish Council in the village since 1894.

Whitchurch village has a pub, primary school, playfield, cemetery, community centre, two churches and many businesses. The Parish is bisected by the busy A37 road.

This website, which has been recently refreshed, has been set up to raise the profile of Whitchurch Village and that of the Parish Council. We hope the information the website provides will be a valuable resource for all things connected with Whitchurch Village. Whether you are a resident of the village, seeking to move into the area, or just visiting the area we hope you’ll find something on this website to interest you.

We’ve included articles on how the Parish Council operates and the dates of our meetings, some of the village history and also events that we know are happening in Whitchurch in the coming months. We also provide details of a number of organisations that operate within the village. However, if there is something you think we’ve missed, do please let us know by using the feedback form and we’ll consider updating the site.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.


Latest News

Unauthorised encampment Whitchurch Village Playpark, Norton Lane

Police are taking action under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

They will be taking the lead to remove the unauthorised encampment in Whitchurch Village Playpark , subject to operational resources.


The Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Following the first round of consultation, the Draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been verified as complete by B&NES Council and is available to download.

B&NES Council will now start a six week formal consultation from the 19th of May 2017 until the 30th of June 2017.

Any additional comments will be passed to an appointed planning inspector who will then decide whether to carry out a public examination.

The Plan and supporting documents are available to download from the following links:-

Neighbourhood Plan Proposals: Whitchurch
The Draft Neighbourhood Plan


The Big Tidy Up 2017

Fourteen Volunteers turned out on Saturday 22nd April, to take part in the annual village clean-up, which was also registered under ‘the Big Tidy up’, a nationwide organisation promoting ‘Love where you live’.

Around 20 bags of rubbish were collected from pavements, footpaths and open spaces around Whitchurch Village to make the area look clean and tidy.

Refreshments were then provided in Whitchurch Community Centre, with homemade cakes donated by a local resident and much appreciated by the volunteers after all their hard work.

big tidy up day

Whitchurch Village Fete’s 40th Birthday!

Make a note now of the date of the 2017 Whitchurch Village Fete weekend, held in Greensmore Field (alongside the A37 for those who don’t know) over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 26th – 28th August. It’s a special one this year, as it’s the Fete’s 40th birthday!

At the Fete on the Monday (Aug 28th), we hope to have 40 dogs in the Dog Show, 40 raffle prizes donated, a 40-meter dash for 40-year olds as well as a 40-feet fancy dress race for the children - and 40 giant/odd-shaped fruit/veg in the Flower Show in the marquee! – so start growing yours NOW…

It would also be great to have 40 new volunteers to help over the weekend/on the Bank Holiday Monday, and 40 stalls at the Car Boot Sale on the Sunday (Aug 27th).

There will also be an event in the marquee on the Saturday evening (Aug 26th) tbc.

If you’d like to help , or have a stall on the Monday, please email whitchurchvillagefete@hotmail.co.uk for more info or a booking form, or phone Ashton on 01275 832148. And for further updates, watch out on here, or see www.whitchurchparishcouncil.co.uk

Make a note in your diary now!


Whitchurch Village in Lights – Results

A big thank you to all residents and businesses, who have decorated their homes/premises, making the village look so festive.

There were so many fantastic displays to choose from, but after careful consideration this year’s winners are:-

Best House – Mr & Mrs Lomas, St Nicholas Road

Best Business – HairbyKnight, Bristol Road


Christmas Lights Switch on – Friday 2nd December 2016

With the weather being kind once again, we had a record turnout of about 200 people, for the increasingly popular ‘Whitchurch Village Christmas Lights switch on’

For this year we decided to hold the major part of the event in Church Road, having arranged with BANES to close the road off. This was to make the crowd safer, but also to allow the lovely Whitchurch Village School Choir to be heard without the disturbance of the A37 traffic.

At 7pm Father Christmas made his annual appearance from his open top car, and enthralled the crowd by leading a countdown to the lights switch on in the Millennium Garden, which almost went perfectly. As the crowd made its way up Church Road, the Choir gathered and sang 3 well known Christmas songs beautifully, with some fantastic solos, to great applause. Then all made their way to the Church Hall for mulled wine & soft drinks, whilst Santa gave out some small gifts to the children. We would especially like to thank the Choir of Whitchurch Village School for their fantastic entertainment.

Judging by the feedback, a ‘good time was had by all… And there was a real sense of a great Community Spirit which actually made the evening very special.

As always, we would like to thank all those who helped on the night (especially in the Church Hall where it was very busy), Bob the PCSO, and Santa & his helpers for making the time to visit us. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over £100 to go towards SW Children’s Hospice.

We are planning to put on a similar event next year – the date is earmarked for FRIDAY 8th DECEMBER 2017 – so please watch this space for more news on the event, where we are looking to have some Christmas Carols to be sung by all, plus some other changes to help the enjoyment of this great community evening. So please put the date in your diary now, and if you fancy helping to organize the evening then please contact Sue Dyer at Whitchurch Village Council.

Thank you to all those who came along & really made the evening worthwhile


Whitchurch Village Fete 2016 – Presentation Evening

“After a wonderful August Bank Holiday Monday, the Whitchurch Village Fete Committee was able to donate cheques to 18 local charities/organisations at their Presentation Evening at the Whitchurch Royal British Legion on November 17th. And we were treated to a demonstration by the Shaolin Wushu martial arts team who also pulled in the crowds at the Fete.
The Committee would welcome new volunteers to help at the Fete's 40th birthday next year, and any ideas/offers of special attractions - and do start growing your fruit & veg for the Flower Show – there will be classes for the biggest giant vegetables and the most unusual mis-shapen veg!”

Awards Photo Gallery 2016

Have a Field Day!

field day

In September 2014, Whitchurch Parish Council held the first ‘Have a Field Day’ at the play–park. This was set up through the Fields in Trust organisation. – www.fieldsintrust.org and celebrates the commemoration of the Field & Play Park as a permanent & protected green space for the Community , under the Fields in Trust banner as part of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee.

Update

A great time was had by all at the third ‘Have a Field’ day held at Whitchurch Village Play Park on Saturday 9th July. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny afternoon in the end and it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves. The races, organised by Matt, from Whitchurch Village Council, were a real favourite and lots of fun was had by the participant’s, young and old. It was agreed that this will be an annual event, so look out for details on the website early in 2017.


The Queen’s 90th Birthday

queen 90th

Whitchurch Village again played its part by participating in this extraordinary event. Our beacon was one of about a thousand up and down the country which was lit to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

A big thankyou to all the volunteers who made this possible, especially the children from Whitchurch Village Primary School, who came along to sing some appropriate songs for the occasion, together with their teachers, parents and helpers.

The beacon was lit, to the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ and a celebratory drink enjoyed by around 70 people in attendance.


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Community Clear Up/Clean for the Queen

Thirteen Volunteers turned out on Saturday 2nd April, to take part in the annual village ‘Community Clear Up’, which also coincided with the national campaign ahead of the Queen’s 90th Birthday to ‘Clean for the Queen’

Around 20 bags of rubbish were collected from pavements, footpaths and open spaces around Whitchurch Village to make the area look clean and tidy.

Refreshments were then provided in Whitchurch Community Centre, with homemade cakes donated by a local resident and much appreciated by the volunteers after all their hard work.

clear up

Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan will play a very important part in the way Whitchurch Village will be shaped over the next few years.

The last open evening was a great success, and provided a good platform to start off the process. We aim to have a further meeting in April, currently scheduled for 21st April.

We really do need YOUR help to progress the Plan, and are seeking volunteers urgently. We are looking for anyone who would be able to contribute a little bit of time & enthusiasm to help a small team of local people who are looking to bring the Plan together.

For more information, please visit the Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan website :- http://www.wvnp.org.uk/home

Contacts :– Paul May on 07919047001

Or through the website http://www.wvnp.org.uk/contact-us

fete field


The CATT bus may be able to help you.

This is a door to door service to those who are unable to access mainstream transport.

For residents in receipt of a concessionary fare card, there is no charge for travel. Residents who are not in receipt of a travel card will be charged £3.00.

Residents need to phone, 0117 377 3450 to book a seat and will be advised of a pick up time. Alternatively residents can email South Bristol Community Hospital

See leaflet for more details. Open Leaflet